With the Nashville Predators Out, Carrie Underwood’s Now a Vegas Golden Knights Fan
On Thursday night (May 10), the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Nashville Predators in Game 7 of their second-round 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs series, knocking the Preds out of contention for the Stanley Cup. But while hockey may be done for the season in "Smashville," one of the team's most famous fans, Carrie Underwood, says she'll still be watching the rest of this year's playoffs -- and rooting for another team.
As final buzzer sounded on Game 7, Underwood was tweeting her congratulations to the Predators -- including her husband, Mike Fisher, who was injured and did not play in Thursday night's game -- and sending good luck to the Vegas Golden Knights, who will face the Winnipeg Jets in the third round of this year's NHL playoffs.
"Until next season, I am officially a @GoldenKnights fan! I’ll enjoy seeing them make a little history!!" Underwood wrote on Twitter. In a follow-up tweet, she added, "And one last thing ... if the @GoldenKnights need an anthem singer, I’m 2-0 in the playoffs ... just saying ..."
As part of Nashville's tradition of inviting country stars to sing the National Anthem prior to their home Stanley Cup Playoffs games this year and in 2017, Underwood sang the Anthem once during each run. The Preds won both of the games at which she performed. This season, the Predators finished at the top of the NHL's Central Division and won the league's President's Trophy (best record in the league), but fell four games to three to the Jets and were eliminated from the playoffs.
"Welp, to me & our 3 year-old, @mikefisher1212 is the greatest hockey player alive & the @PredsNHL are now & forever the greatest hockey team in NHL history! Not the ending we wanted, but we’re alive & well & I get my hubby back, so I say God is good!" Underwood wrote on Thursday night. Of the team's fans, she added, "PS, this @PredsNHL crowd was amazing tonight from beginning to end!!! So amazing and loud ... like, REAL loud ... you know what I mean."
The Vegas Golden Knights joined the NHL at the start of the 2017-2018 hockey season, in October. As an expansion team, the team was not expected to make the playoffs, or even fare very well during the regular season; however, they clinched the NHL's Pacific Division championship and will now compete against the Winnipeg Jets for the NHL's Western Conference championship title. The winner of that series will face the league's Eastern Conference champions in the Stanley Cup Final series.
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